August 22, 2014

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End fossil fuel subsidies

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This is another installment of news you might have missed. The first one really hits home. Not at Home on the Range: Subsidized Fracking Hits Colorado A general contractor in Colorado’s Grand Valley, Duke Cox says the first time he became aware that drilling for gas might be a problem was back in the early […]

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August 21, 2014

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Another fracking study defines health threat from toxic emissions

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This time it’s in Maryland. Potential Public Health Impacts of Natural Gas Development and Production in the Marcellus Shale in Western Maryland The University of Maryland study, released Monday, warns that drilling and fracking for natural gas will harm the health of workers, residents, and communities in Western Maryland. Commissioned in 2011 by executive order […]

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August 19, 2014

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FracFocus is a fraud

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Last week a new report published by the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP) disclosed that between 2010 and July 2014, diesel was used in fracking operations at 351 wells by 33 different companies. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires a permit when operators intend to use diesel. None of the companies had obtained a permit. Fracking […]

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August 15, 2014

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SWPA-EHP: a model for fracking states

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SWPA-EHP is the acronym for Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project. Yes, Pennsylvania again. The same state featured in the Blackout in the Gaspatch report. Why is Pennsylvania the focus of so much research? I can think of several reasons why researchers would want to investigate Pennsylvania’s gasfields. With almost 80,000 gas wells, in an area […]

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August 14, 2014

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Dirty diesel drillers

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Another study exposes government’s failure to regulate the oil & gas industry with existing rules that are already in place. To the people who said that the ethylbenzene, xylenes, and styrenes in our bodies “could be caused by anything” I say – um, yeah, like DIESEL. Fracking probe finds oil and gas companies illegally injected […]

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August 13, 2014

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National crisis in fracking oversight

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“There’s a national crisis in fracking oversight,” says Bruce Baizel, director of Earthworks’ oil and gas accountability project. According to Baizel, a new report released last week “illustrates why many residents across the United States have given up on the idea that regulators can manage the oil and gas boom and are working so hard […]

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August 11, 2014

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Building a People’s Movement

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Disillusionment and the Building of a Peoples’ Movement A statement by Cliff Willmeng* and Colorado Community Rights Network After launching nine ballot initiatives and hosting backroom negotiations with Anadarko Petroleum and Governor Hickenlooper, US Congressman Polis and the PR firm representing him settled on two proposed state amendments to advance onto the 2014 ballot. The […]

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August 5, 2014

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Constitutional Chess

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A manifesto by Anita Sherman* Carl L. McWilliams and I are the Lead Representative Plaintiffs** in a pending Federal Class Action to dismantle the Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). This will be done by legally challenging in Denver Federal District Court, the constitutionality of the 1951 Colorado Oil & Gas Conservation Act, as […]

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August 5, 2014

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Clusterfrack

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Sometimes it seems like everybody in Colorado is jacked up on ethylbenzene. Nobody’s thinking straight anymore. Or maybe they just smoke too much pot. On Monday I was all set to do a post about ballot initiatives 88 and 89 and how the committee turned in the signatures. I was even invited to the press […]

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August 4, 2014

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Fracking Science Compendium

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Compendium of Scientific, Medical and Media Findings Demonstrating Risks and Harms of Fracking The Compendium is a fully referenced compilation of the significant body of scientific, medical and journalistic findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking. Organized to be accessible to public officials, researchers, journalists and the public at large, the Compendium succinctly summarizes key […]

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